Rotary Club will light Christmas tree Sunday

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Residents gather to watch the lighting of the Clintonville Rotary Club's Christmas tree last year. This year's event begins at 6:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Park of Roses.

Clintonville Rotary Club members will host the club's fourth annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony Sunday, Dec. 16.

The event, which will take place at the Whetstone Park of Roses shelter house, will kick off with an "official appearance from Santa himself" at 6:45 p.m., according to club member Joni Lovett-Schlagenhauf, chairwoman of services projects for the Clintonville Rotary.

"Guests will enjoy a festive atmosphere of luminarias, treats and fellowship," Lovett-Schlagenhauf wrote in announcing the next edition of the holiday tradition. "Refreshments and cookies (are) by Crimson Cup and Rotary family volunteers. The Clintonville Community Choir will be presenting attendees with the gift of music, and this year they will also engage the guests in a group Christmas carol."

The event will feature a children's corner where youngsters can enjoy treats and crafts.

"Santa will have just enough time to chat with the kids, and he'll be available for photographs as well before he's off to the North Pole to finish his work," Lovett-Schlagenhauf wrote. "For those who'd like to give a gift on this special evening, families can bring a children's book, new or gently used, to the shelter house to donate to the Columbus Community Shelter Board library.

State Sen. Jim Hughes, president of the Rotary Club, will serve as master of ceremonies for the evening.

At 7:15 p.m., Bishop Watterson High School Principal Marian Hutson will flip the switch to light the Christmas tree.